Tracy Viselli, a progressive blogger and social media consultant who admitted on Friday to CNN that conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter, launched a Web site Monday geared towards changing the paradigm on Twitter.
Viselli, along with developer Jim Gilliam, blogger Jon Pincus, and Netroots Nation board member Gina Cooper created TweetProgress.us "to start seriously building progressive infrastructure on Twitter."
"What we are doing first is building up the directory of progressives on Twitter," Viselli told CNN.
TweetProgressive.us is going to help mentor progressives on how to best use Twitter, filter data to allow people to follow the "P2" (progressives 2.0) hash tag, encourage new tweeters, and continue adding and implementing ideas to better organize.
Pincus co-founded "#P2" – a way to category a tweet, allowing for easy search optimization – six months ago with Viselli and is also behind the new site. He told CNN in an e-mail, "The timing now is perfect to ramp into the legislative battles the second half of this year - and the 2010 midterms...With the summer winding down, now's a great time to be launching TweetProgress.us."
For progressives, this first step is hopefully a launching pad for further grassroots efforts on Twitter. "We hope in the future to find ways to deploy action on Twitter," says Viselli. "But we are not there yet."
So far, over 1,150 people had singed up to participate in TweetProgress.us.